Sunday, 29 January 2012

Jamaica Celebrates 50 years of Independence

Not really known for its Cycling, more for its laid back attitude, music and rum

However I did manage to find some interesting bits of information about Jamaica's cycling heritage

1) The Jamaica Cycling Federation was established in the 1960's . As with most other federations, the organization was established to help govern cycling as a sport in the island. In this context, cycling is defined as Mountain Bike, Road and Track.

2) Cycling has become very popular in Jamaica. In 1992, the Jamaica Bike Organization first formed the Negril Ride event. This is an annual, amateur cycling event that takes place on the National Heroes Weekend. The route extends from Kingston, along the northern coast, passing over Mount Rosser, into Walkers Wood, through Ocho Rios and Montego Bay before finishing in Negril. The ride covers more than 80 miles.

3) Jamaica's Cycling federation Facebook Page:

4) Marloe Rodam is one of the current crop of Jamaican Cyclists expecting to do well at the Pan American Championships

5) Famous Jamiacan Cyclists:

David Weller - Olympic Bronze Medalist.  In 1980 he brought home the Bronze Medal in cycling at the Moscow Summer Olympics. The accomplishment was the first medal won for Jamaica in any sport aside from track and field. It was also the first time since 1936 that a Western Hemisphere cyclist had won an Olympic medal
David Weller Story

Ricardo Lynch -  Jamaican track cyclists, most famous for finishing second to Sir Chris Hoy at the Track World Cycling Championships in Copnhagn in 2008.

Unfortunately, thats pretty much it as regards Jamaica's impact on the world of Cycling.  Regardless of this lack of cycling hertitage I think we can all do a little bit to help celebrate the independence of a country that's brought us Bob Marley, Rastafari, great crickters and a laid back attitude second to none!

Good on ye fella's, enjoy the celebrations!!

To learn more or to find out what events are taking place in 2012, visit jamaica50

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